Class 5 - Rough pedigrees, papers relating to the Lawrence family, papers relating to the early life of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence, and articles and scripts of talks by Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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PETH/5

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Rough pedigrees, papers relating to the Lawrence family, papers relating to the early life of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence, and articles and scripts of talks by Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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  • 1825–1961 (Creation)

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1 box

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The contents of this class fall into several groups, as follows:

Rough pedigrees, c. 1957 (1–2)
Papers relating to the Lawrence family, 1825–57 (3, 3a, 4–13)
Papers relating to the early life of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, 1886–1905 (13a, 14–34)
Correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence, 1919–60 (34a, 35–8, 38a, 39–60, 60a, 61–2, 62a, 62b, 63–9, 69a–d, 70–116)
Scripts and articles (116a, 117–34)

The correspondence in the fourth group derives from the Pethick-Lawrences’ numbered correspondence files, and relates to the following people and subjects:

Herbert Hoover (35)
The Elections (Conveyance of Voters) Bill (36–7)
The Gold Crisis (38, 38a, 39–42)
Sir Stafford Cripps (43–55)
Clement Attlee (56)
D. R. Grenfell (57–8)
Robert Boothby (59–60)
Aldous Huxley (60a, 61–2)
Sir Stafford Cripps (62a–b, 63–9)
The Cabinet Mission to India (69a–d, 70–6)
Pethick-Lawrence's resignation as Secretary of State for India (77–9)
The Reform of the House of Lords (80)
Viscount Mills (81)
Lord Boothby (82)
High Commissioners for India (83–115)
The Pethick-Lawrences' visit to Pakistan (116)

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This class, like the others, represents the contents of one of the archival boxes into which the papers were put on their arrival in the Library. 3a, 13a, 34a, 38a, 60a, 62a–b, 69a–d, and 116a were omitted from the original numbering of the papers. These are all envelopes, folders, or notes by Vera Brittain, who used at least some of these documents in preparing her biography of Lord Pethick-Lawrence. The correspondence derives, like PETH 1–3, from the Pethick-Lawrences’ numbered correspondence files.

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